Resume and CV Resources and Tools for Job-Seekers

All the very best free resume-writing and resume-strategy resources and tools for job-seekers.

What follows is a collection of the best resume writing, editing, and strategy resources on the Web — for all types of job-seekers in all job-search situtations. If you need help writing and editing your resume or curriculum vitae (CV), take advantage of all the professional resume-writing resouces, tools, and samples we offer on this site.

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Quintessential Careers Free High-Quality Resume and CV Samples

Free Resume Samples for all types of careers — thousands of samples to browse through for inspiration.

Free Sample Resumes (and Cover Letters) for Executive and Senior-Level Professionals — some examples of professionally-developed executive and senior-level resumes… and cover letters.

Real New College Grad Resume and Cover Letter Samples — A large collection of real, high-quality new college grad resume and cover letter samples for helping college students and new grads improve your job, internship, grad-school search.

Sample Curriculum Vitas — where you’ll find a growing selection of sample Web-based vitas (CVs) as well as some international CVs in pdf.

Sample Professionally Developed Resumes for Job-Seekers — check out these free professionally produced sample resumes if you’re interested in getting some ideas and guidelines for your own resume. In pdf format.

Sample Web Resumes for Job-Seekers — where you’ll find a large selection of free sample Web-based resumes.

Free Resume Directory Database — Browse over 700,000+ real life resumes from across the nation.

ResumeBucket Sample Resumes — ResumeBucket also has tons of resume samples and cover letters located at their site.

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Quintessential Careers Expert Resume and CV Articles

Avoid These 10 Resume Mistakes — a professional resume writer shows you how to avoid/fix the 10 most common resume mistakes that can hurt your job-search job success.

FAKTSA: An Easy Acronym for Remembering Key Resume Enhancers — learn about Focus, Appearance, Keywords, Transferrable Skills, Accomplishments in improving your resume.

Five Top Trends for Executive Resumes — developing an interview-generating executive resume is about differentiating yourself from others competing for same jobs. Here are 5 trends to use to stand out.

Frequently Asked Questions About Resumes: The Complete Resume FAQ — a complete compendium on all things resumes, including answers to 55 of the most frequently job-seeker asked questions about resumes.

Frequently Asked Resume Questions: A Resume FAQ for College Students and New Graduates — answers the 12 most frequently asked college student, new grad questions about preparing resumes.

Fundamentals of a Good Resume Page — a quick and easy-to-follow template for writing a chronlogical resume, with links to other types of resumes and other key resume-writing resources.

How to Get Started on Your Resume: A Five-Step Primer for College Students and Recent College Grads. Perfect how-to solution for college students and recent grads struggling to develop a resume.

How to Get Started on Your Resume: A Five-Step Primer for Established Job-seekers and Career-Changers. A how-to article for job-seekers, career-changers who need to create, revamp resume and don’t know how to start.

How to Handle a Gap in Your Job History — don’t let an employment gap hurt your career job-search. Learn how to handle a gap.

How to Write a Great Resume: A Short Guide for Job-Seekers — a quick and easy 10-step guide for assisting job-seekers in writing your resume.

New Grads Must Dig Deeper to Beef Up Skimpy Resumes — college students and new grads can learn how to add depth to your resumes by examining all your relevants experiences.

Polish Your Resume Like a Pro: Tips Any Job-Seeker Can Use — take steps to improve your resume with tips professional resume writers use to polish resumes of clients.

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Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV) — the resume for scientists and academics; includes tips, resources, books, and samples.

Your Job-Search Resume Needs a Focal Point: How Job-Seekers Can Add Focus to Resumes — keys to developing a more focused — and more successful — resume.

Resumes Do’s and Don’ts — a key collection of critical rules dealing with resume preparation and writing.

The Scoop on Resume Length: How Many Pages Should Your Resume Be? — deals with the one question all job-seekers face… how many pages are acceptable for your resume. The answer may surprise you.

Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness — this article, a preview of a chapter from the book, Words to Get Hired By: The Jobseeker’s Quintessential Lexicon of Powerful Words and Phrases for Resumes and Cover Letters, the first e-book published by Quintessential Careers Press, is all about the potential benefit to job-seekers who use the “correct” keywords in your resume and cover letter.

Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Resume — ten tips to help you tweak your resume into a nicer, cleaner, more readable resume, thus clearing the path to more potential job interviews.

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Quintessential Careers Comprehensive Resume Tutorial

Resume Tutorial — actually tutorials. This site offers a detailed resume tutorial for beginners as well as a “lite” version for job-seekers who just need to do some fine-tuning on your resumes.

Quintessential Careers Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Section

JobTap Team — request an invite to their open beta to get quality applicants hired at your small business.

Applicant Tracking System Tools for Job-Seekers — articles, blog posts, and tools to help job-seekers conquer ATS, gain additional job interviews.

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Quintessential Careers Resume Quizzes for Students, Job-Seekers, Career-Changers

Career Test — Ready to discover your true career passion? LiveCareer’s free career test is a great place to start. This career aptitude test has been carefully designed to help you understand what kind of career you’re looking for, and the steps you’ll need to take to realize your goals.

Resume Quizzes for Job-Seekers — four great tools. How strong is your resume? Put it to the test! And while you’re at it, test your resume strategy skills as well! Resume-writing quizzes are available for entry-level/new grad job-seekers, career-changers, and experienced job-seekers.

Quintessential Careers Executive Resume Writing and Job Search Techniques

Executive Resume Writing and Job Search Techniques — the latest section of Quintessential Careers designed to aid executive job-seekers.

Quintessential Careers Resume Tools

Could You Benefit from a Professional Resume Writer? An Assessment for Job-seekers — a great tool to help you judge whether you need the services of a professional resume writer.

Resume Critique Worksheet — before you apply for that next job, take the time to critique your resume on these critical criteria.

Job-Seeker Career and Job-Search Worksheets — worksheets to develop and strengthen your cover letters and resumes.

Job-Search Resume Books, a hand-picked collection of the most useful resume books for students and job-seekers, in association with Amazon Books.

Quintessential Careers Press Resume E-book

The Quintessential Guide to Surefire Resumes for New Graduates and Other Entry-Level Candidates. This free Quintessential Careers Press e-book provides seven chapters that will help you pack punch into your resume and cover letter and then gives you two chapters of tools — worksheets and samples to guide you to applying what you’ve learned from the book to creating surefire career-marketing documents.

Quintessential Careers Resume Writing Tips

Critical Resume Tips: Key Resume Writing Advice — a no-cost collection of resume writing related tips and strategies designed to help all job-seekers — from entry-level to career-changers to executives — find jobs.


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Other Web Resume and CV Resources — where job-seekers can create and maintain a professional resume and profile that is hosted online, available for download in any needed format. Also includes networking, job-matching, and job-search (using Emurse, an anagram for Resume. Several options for job-seekers, from no cost account to premium services. — a Web-based resume-building service that helps job-seekers upload the information needed to create a resume. Includes resume-writing tips and sample resumes. No cost to users.

LiveCareer CV Builder — where job-seekers can build multimedia CV’s using a multi-step process, with expert tips and suggestions. Your CV — which combines text, images, audio, and video — can also then be converted to PDF and Word for printed versions. Also includes additional features and options. Recommended for Job Seekers in the United Kingdom.

Other Useful Job-Search Resume Sites

“How To Write a Masterpiece of a Resume,” from Rockport Institute Career Pathfinders. Includes some great tips and information all about resumes.

Resume-Now — offers free access to intelligent expert-software that helps resume writers frame their qualifications in the best possible way. It walks you through a series of steps and guides you with tips and phrases to make the most of your credentials.

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